TNG Profiled In 'Star Trek: The Magazine'

By Caillan
March 3, 2002 - 5:11 PM

'The Next Generation' concept art - copyright Paramount Pictures

The April issue of 'Star Trek: The Magazine' features a special retrospective on the birth of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which makes its debut on DVD this month.

In an extensive article on the creation of the series, members of the cast and crew look back at their first foray into the final frontier. Actors Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), producers Rick Berman, Robert Justman and more give their thoughts on The Next Generation's first season.

'Encounter at Farpoint' co-writer and sci-fi stalwart D.C. Fontana discusses her involvement with the pilot episode, including the Data and McCoy 'passing the torch' scene and the very first saucer separation.

In an in-depth interview, co-executive producer Maurice Hurley talks about creator Gene Roddenberry's allegorical approach to the show. "In the beginning there were no traditional characters," he said. "There was one character, and the 'players' each took an aspect of that one character. Each was intentionally one-dimensional, and together they would form a full human being. If you look at the crew, it is quite easy to see what part each of them represented."

Behind-the-scenes wizards Andy Probert, Rick Sternbach and Herman Zimmerman are also featured, providing insights into the physical creation of the Star Trek universe.

Moving on to the more recent exploits of the TNG cast, Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker) discusses his part in the upcoming 'Star Trek: Nemesis.' "I've always been happy playing Riker, and I'm very excited about his role in 'Nemesis.' I think he continues to grow and stuff continues to happen to him."

The April issue of 'Star Trek: The Magazine' will be on sale from March 5 at a price of $7.99. Alternatively, it is also available for online ordering.

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